Bail Application Competition

The Bail Application Competition will take place on Saturday 17th September 2022 virtually on Zoom.  

To sign up, click here

Bail Application Competition
Summer Cup 2022

Sat 17th September 2022

About the competitions

The Bail Application Competition Summer Cup 2022 will take place on Saturday 17th September 2022 on Zoom. The competition is open to law undergraduates/graduates, GDL students and graduates, Bar Course students, LPC students and Masters students and graduates from any of these courses.. Participants enter as individuals rather than teams and represent themselves and not their university. There is therefore no limit on the number of students that can enter from any given institution. 

Submissions will be limited to 5 minutes per participant. The bundle will be sent to participants on Saturday 10th September 2022. The bundle will include all  of the required materials, meaning no additional research is required. As this is a bail application competition, no drafting will be required. As there is no research or drafting, participants will be tested on their oral advocacy alone. The competition is judged by practising barristers and solicitors.

How it Works

The competition will take place on Zoom on Saturday 17th September 2022. The competition will run from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. 

What is a Bail Application

A bail application is an oral submission made in court by a barrister/solicitor to request that their client is released on bail during the course of criminal proceedings leading up to trial rather than being remanded into custody. 


Competition format

The target size for the competition is 120 participants. Everyone that signs up will take part in the competition. The competition will take place over the course of a single day. We will therefore go from having 120 competitors all the way to having a winner in a single day. 

For the first round, the 120 competitors will be split into 12 groups of 10. Each group will have their own judge. One by one, each competitor in a group will perform the bail application in front of the judge. The judge will determine the top two individuals from each group. The top two from each group proceed to round 2. 

There will therefore be 24 participants progressing to round 2. These will be split into 6 groups of 4. They will each perform their bail application in round 2. Once again, each group will have its own judge. The judge will decide the winner from each group. This means that 6 participants will proceed to the final. 

In the final, the 6 competitors will perform their bail application one final time in front of a panel of judges. The winner and runner up will then be decided by the panel. 


The winner will receive an iPad. The runner up of the competition will receive a £75.00 Amazon voucher.


The cost for entry to the competition is £30.00. 

Sign up

To sign up for the competition, click here. 



John Dove

Founder of the National Speed Mooting Competition